Posts Tagged ‘mother’s day gifts’

2013 Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Can you believe Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away? That’s right, it’s on May 12, which means you have 2 weeks to find the perfect gift for the person who gave you life. But don’t worry. Here at Pacific Merchants, we’re ready to help with a great Mother’s Day Gift Guide. We’ve got beautiful gifts for everyone, and we want to help you get your shopping out of the way so that you can spend more time with your mom. What’s more important than family, after all?

First up is a really cool Price and Kensington Teapot. I particularly like this one with the infuser. It’s great for all those fancy loose leaf teas. Plus, we have matching mugs, so your mom can entertain in style! It says “Mom, I appreciate you. I want you to relax and take time for yourself. These are the perfect gifts for the woman who likes to entertain. They are also great for the woman who does everything for everyone else and sometimes needs to be reminded to take some time and spoil herself. Now if your mom loves tea, but doesn’t love to entertain, don’t worry. We thought about her too. If you get her a teapot with infuser, splurge a little, spoil your mom, and pick up some nice loose leaf tea to go along with it. How about the Zen tea by Tazo? Give your mom her moment of zen.



We’ve got a line of clever tea-for-ones just for her. These are neatly designed teapots that nest with a single cup right under the pot. They come whimsically decorated with everything from beautiful floral motifs to funny farm animals, and even cats and dogs. There’s something for everyone.

Now, don’t worry, we didn’t forget the coffee lovers out there. If you’re a coffee fan, you know that you can never have too many coffee mugs. So if mom’s into coffee instead of tea, surprise her with this beautiful 4-pack of cute, polka dot coffee cups. They come in a pretty gift box and whether your mother is into coffee, tea or hot chocolate, she’ll smile when she drinks out of them and thinks of you. Plus, with a 4-pack of extra mugs, it’s easier to get the whole family together for coffee more

If your mom loves to bake there’s a pretty good change that you’ve been spoiled with amazing baked goods growing up. It’s time for you to spoil her back with a set of Mason Cash Mixing bowls. Our set is made of high quality glazed stoneware. These traditional British bowls, made in the same style for over 150 years and are heavy enough to stay still while mixing. The classic raised pattern provides texture to make sure the bowl doesn’t slip out of slippery hands. Our mixing bowl set features bowls in 5.25qt, 3.75qt, and 3qt sizes, which nest perfectly inside of each other. Any serious baker or cook will love these bowls. Of course, if a big set is out of your budget we’ve got some great single bowls, like these adorable fruit embossed designs. Check out our whole line of beautiful, durable Mason Cash stoneware bowls. Chefs from Julia Child to Martha Stewart have fallen in love with Mason Cash bowls over the years and we’re sure you’ll find something your mom will love. To sweeten the deal, we’ll throw in a free spoon rest with any set of Mason Cash Mixing bowls OR with any bowl 12 inches or longer. Our Mason Cash spoon rests are perfect matches for the cane mixing bowls and they’ll help keep mom’s counters clean! Just enter the code ILOVEMOM at checkout.



If your mom is more of a savory cook than a baker, we suggest this Mason Cash tagine, especially if she has a flair for the exotic. It’s modeled after a traditional Moroccan cooking vessel and makes the most flavorful, tender dishes. Cooking and steaming food in tagines is delicious, healthy and easy. Tangines produce tender, succulent, natural and vitamin rich dishes. Tagine recipes are usually stews cooked slowly at low temperatures, resulting in tender meat with aromatic vegetables and sauces. By soaking terracotta the Mason and Cash tagine in water before cooking, users can intensify flavors and the succulence of food even further. Our line of Mason Cash tagines also comes in beautiful colors. Each of them is oven safe up to 350 degrees, perfect for low slow cooking.




Now, if your mom is an ice cream lover (and let’s face it, who isn’t) we suggest you bring over a set of four of these small Mason Cash Pudding Bowls and a couple of pints of her favorite ice cream. These classic pudding basins are not only the perfect size for ice cream and small snacks, they’re sleek, made of durable stoneware, and feature a classic British design that hasn’t changed in well over 100 years. Mason Cash pudding basins are so well-known and well-loved in England that Even the Queen of England and British Royal household rely on Mason Cash pudding basins and pudding bowls for Christmas pudding gifts. So treat your mom like a queen. You know she deserves it!


And if your mom is a pizza aficionado, might we suggest our Mason Cash Terracotta baking stone? The Terracotta Clay Baking Stone is unglazed, which aids in the browning and crisping of the pizza crust while the porous clay material holds steam and moisture when soaked. This ensures that breads and pizzas do not dry out while baking, making for the perfect tender, but crisp crust and gooey, melty pizza every time. If you want to go all out, throw your mom a pizza party. Our sectioned Acaciaware serving dishes are perfect for holding a buffet of toppings, so mom can make her ultimate pizza!


We hope we were able to help you figure out your mother’s gift with plenty of time to spare. Please order by MONDAY, MAY 6th to make sure that your mom gets her gift in time. And once you’re done ordering, go hang out with your mom. She’ll love getting to spend time with you, even if it’s not mother’s day yet. You don’t need an excuse to enjoy family.

From all of us here at Pacific Merchants, we hope you have a wonderful Mother’s day!

Every Day is Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I’m a little perverse when it comes to certain holidays. Every year I beg my husband not to buy me flowers or candy, or take me to a fancy restaurant on Mother’s Day. The flowers are marked up to astronomic levels, the candy goes straight to my hips, and the restaurants are overcrowded and impersonal. It makes me crazy that utterly contrived holidays, created solely to boost sales of consumer goods, have been indelibly imprinted on the guilt and obligation strands of our collective DNA. It’s not that I don’t mind a little appreciation on occasion, but hey— every day should be Mother’s Day! And Father’s Day, for that matter!!

Instead, I beg the kids to whip up a handmade card that I can decorate my office with, or perhaps serve me breakfast in bed. Last year was poached eggs, lemon crepes, and a yummy yogurt parfait! I ask my husband to barbecue for dinner. He is only too happy to select the perfect tri-tip and grill it to perfection, accompanied by my favorite pink bubbly. Yes, all I want for the holidays is a little family time, a soupcon of harmony, and good eats! And I have to say, I’m blessed. That’s just what I get!

In honor of Mothers everywhere – and every day! – 20% off our Mason Cash Batter Bowl, through May. Hint: perfect for lemon crepes, or plain old pancakes! Also, check out our comprehensive line of Mason Cash bake ware, mixing bowls, pudding basins and pet bowls, as well as our adorable Price & Kensington tea-for-one teapots –because “I love you” is a year round holiday!

— Celeste
(A special thank you to my wonderful husband, for letting me take his blog over this month.)

Lemon Crepes

Prep Time: 25 min
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hr 0 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Skill Level: Intermediate
Makes: 4 servings


• 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup powdered sugar
• Juice of eight lemons
• 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 12 medium crepes
• 1/4 cup butter
• Splash of Cognac


Using a hand-held blender, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar, powdered sugar, juice of two lemons, 1 tablespoon of the lemon zest, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Fill each crepe with 3 tablespoons of the filling. Roll the crepes up tightly and place in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
In a large saute pan, over medium heat, melt the butter with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Add the remaining juice of six lemons and 1 tablespoon of lemon zest. Stir to mix thoroughly. Add the crepes to the mixture. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cognac. Carefully place the pan, back over the heat and flame the mixture, shaking the pan back and fourth several times. Continue to shake until the flame dies out. Lay three crepes in the center of each plate. Spoon the sauce over the top and serve.


• 3 eggs
• 1 1/4 cups milk
• 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
• 1 cup sifted flour
• Salt and white pepper

For crepes, combine the whole eggs, milk, butter, flour until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat a 7 1/2-inch crepe pan. Lightly oil the pan. Pour 2 tablespoons of the batter in the center of the pan. Tilt pan from left to right to cover entire surface. Cook the crepe until the edges begin to brown and flip cook until done. Remove from the pan.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse

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